Your Tongue and Your Bite

Proper tongue placement plays a crucial role in maintaining dental health. Misalignment issues can lead to various complications, impacting both appearance and function. Dr. Mohammad Izadi at Izadi Orthodontics in Timonium, MD, emphasizes the significance of understanding how tongue placement affects dental alignment. 

Common Alignment Issues

While we see many bite problems, you may be familiar with more common ones.

Overbite: An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. Several factors, including genetics, thumb-sucking, and excessive pacifier use, contribute to this condition. An overbite can cause significant oral health problems, including gum irritation, wear on lower teeth, and jaw pain.  Addressing an overbite requires a thorough understanding of its root causes. 

Underbite: An underbite happens when the lower front teeth extend beyond the upper front teeth. Genetics often play a primary role in developing an underbite, although habits like prolonged thumb-sucking can also contribute. This condition can affect speech, causing lisps or other articulation issues, and can complicate chewing, leading to digestive problems.  

Tongue Placement

We often think about how genetics shape our smile. However, the placement of your tongue can influence your smile and the alignment of your teeth.

Proper tongue placement involves resting the tongue against the roof of the mouth, just behind the upper front teeth. This position supports the natural alignment of teeth and jaw. Incorrect tongue placement, such as pressing against the front teeth, can exacerbate alignment problems. Dr. Izadi provides patients with exercises to improve tongue placement. Regular practice of these exercises can lead to significant improvements in dental alignment.  

Correct swallowing patterns also play a vital role in maintaining dental alignment. Normal swallowing involves pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth as one swallows. Incorrect swallowing, where the tongue pushes against the teeth, can lead to misalignment over time. Understanding the importance of proper swallowing patterns helps patients to adopt healthier habits. Dr. Izadi educates patients on techniques to correct their swallowing and prevent further alignment issues.  

Orthodontic Solutions in Timonium, MD

Our office provides several orthodontic solutions for your smile.


Braces offer a highly effective solution for correcting alignment issues. They work by applying consistent pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. Dr. Izadi offers various types of braces, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Therefore, we have options to suit each patient’s needs. Our team ensures optimal results for each individual. Patients benefit from a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of their alignment issues.  


Invisalign represents a modern alternative to traditional braces. This treatment involves a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift the teeth. It has several advantages, such as improved aesthetics and the ability to remove the aligners for eating and brushing. Patients choosing Invisalign enjoy a more discreet treatment option. Dr. Izadi’s expertise in Invisalign ensures patients receive the highest standard of care and achieve their desired outcomes.  

Understanding the interaction between tongue placement and dental alignment plays a pivotal role in maintaining oral health. Proper tongue placement and swallowing patterns can prevent and correct alignment issues.